How Do I Communicate with Doctors, Nurses, and Staff at the Hospital During COVID-19? Click: Link 1, Link 2

A guide to group video calling apps for hearing loss: Link

Seminars, advocacy for the Hard of Hearing community, social events, support & volunteer opportunities

  • you are never alone in your hearing loss- 48 million people in U.S. have it
  • meet a new friend
  • learn technology for hearing loss

Contact us:

HLAA-Indianapolis is an affiliate of HLAA National. Please visit for the National webpage.

Our mission is to open up the world of communication to people with hearing loss by providing education, information, support and advocacy.

We believe sharing our hearing loss journeys through socialization, advocacy, information, and education is important for hearing health. Our organization is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization offering support to all ages who have hearing loss.

There are over 48 million people in the United States who have hearing loss. Today one in five people have hearing loss. The National Hearing Loss Association of America has existed for over 30 years helping people learn how to best cope. It used to be called the Self Help Hard of Hearing (SHHH) organization when it started. In addition, through our advocacy efforts, affiliates located in all 50 states we have made monumental changes in recent years through legislation and policy on behalf of those with hearing loss.

Come learn more about us and meet new friends who have hearing loss.

We also offer volunteer opportunities to serve the community. If you are interested, please contact us.

Our Chapter President, Teresa Gonzalez, would like to share this exciting news:

Our chapter is honored to be the recipient of the 2020 HLAA Up and Coming Chapter Award! The award will be presented at the HLAA 2020 Convention in New Orleans, on Saturday, June 20, 5-7 p.m. at the Awards Ceremony and Reception,

The Up and Coming Chapter Award is presented to a new chapter (under 2 years old), which most effectively delivers the HLAA mission for its members and the community. This award recognizes chapters for their overall programs that have opened the world of communication for local people with hearing loss through information, education, support and advocacy.

HLAA – Indianapolis Chapter Meetings for 2020

All meetings are on 1st Saturdays of the month.

Location: Irvington Public Library (5625 East Washington St., Indianapolis IN 46219)

All meetings provide CART text displayed on large screen & StreamText LIVE to cell phone/computer (Paste into any browser to read live captioning of meeting.)

Time:10:45am to 12:15pm with social hour of 10:15am to 10:45am.

March 14th- By-Law Special Meeting for members only, Irvington Public Library, 10am to 1pm. We will review & discuss the revision proposals and prepare the document ready to vote on at April 4th meeting) Cancelled due to Library closure. A questionnaire was emailed to members re ByLaws for input instead..

April 4th Meeting will be held Virtually by TELECONFERENCING(Link sent via email): Mentoring & guest Carla Trevidi from Kentucky Chapter.

May 2nd Meeting, extended to 2 pm- National Hearing & Speech Month- Chapter Meeting & 2nd Year Chapter Anniversary!

Punch/Dessert & Speakers

The American Red Cross. Brittany Sutton, Executive Director, The American Red Cross for Central Indiana- will present information about safety strategies for the hearing impaired & deaf.

* Jon Gray, Captionmate- learn caption technology for smartphones via SKYPE webinar

June 6th meeting: - Dr. Allison Kern, AuD, from BalanceMD, will talk about Tinnitus. BIO

July 11th Meeting:- Dr. Scott Sanders from BalanceMD, will talk about Meniere's Disease. BIO

August 1st Meeting: Mentoring and Support.

September 5th Meeting: Mentoring and Support.

October 3rd Meeting: Mentoring and Support.

Nov 7th Meeting, extended until 2pm: Thanksgiving Potluck. Mentoring and Support.

Dec 5th Meeting, extended until 2 pm: Holiday Potluck & White Elephant gift exchange. Mentoring and Support.

Our meetings are advertised online in info and Nextdoor info. Take a look.

ALL meetings in 2020 will be held at Irvington Public Library.

Schedule content may be subject to change.



Meeting Location:

Irvington Public Library: 5625 East Washington St Indianapolis 46219

Irvington Public Library

Follow every chapter meeting LIVE & remotely with StreamText


into any browser to read live captioning during a chapter meeting.

More about us:

Our Chapter was well represented at the "Listening & Spoken Language" conference in Indianapolis Feb 22, 2020.

Volume 2 - Issue 7 - Fall 2019.pdf

Our Newsletter is just one of the benefits of joining our Chapter.

Our meetings are a place where you can feel comfortable with others who have hearing loss too.

You are never alone!

Regular meetings are held with live captioning displayed on an overhead screen for members to follow.

Thank you to our Remote CART* provider, Susan Wollenweber Dezelan, who kindly does our meeting captions, gratis.

*CART stands for Communication Access Realtime Translation. CART is a service in which a certified CART provider listens to speech and instantaneously translates all the speech to text.

Meetings also have a StreamText link to provide live captioning during a meeting in order for anyone to follow via their device. (smartphone/computer/iPad etc.)

Surveys – Your Input is Valuable

Americans with Disabilities Act

The Southwest ADA Center is conducting research to investigate the impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Center is asking people who have personal or professional experience on disability issues to complete this survey.

Share Your TV Viewing Experiences

A TV service provider along with Horowitz Research wants to better understand the needs of TV viewers with different hearing needs in order to help provide more accessible features with their entertainment platform. Please complete this short survey. It should not take more than 10 minutes and all information given will be held in the strictest confidence.

Please use the “Continue” button at the bottom of the survey page to move from page to page. Do not use your browser's Back and Forward buttons. If you can't log on, or have any problems or concerns, please contact Thank you. Your input is important.

Privacy and Confidentiality: Horowitz Research is a full-service market research firm that values your privacy. All of your responses will be kept confidential and only reported in aggregate. Your personal information will not be sold or traded to any direct mail companies.

Donate your old Hearing Aids.

Hearing Aid Donation Center.pdf

Donate your old hearing aid (link to above form) when you attend our chapter meetings. We are a donation center for hearing Charities of America. All donations are tax deductible and you will receive a letter of acknowledgement.

Other ways to support this Chapter:

Add HLAA-Indianapolis Chapter as your charity of choice to your Amazon account and help us achieve our mission with every Amazon purchase. Click on the link below and HLAA-Indianapolis Chapter will be added once you log into your Amazon account. Thank you.

Nominate us as your favorite charity when using ebay. You can donate any percentage you chose of any of your ebay sales/purchases to go to us. Click on the logo above.

Thank You For Your Support.

Thank you to the Gendale Staples store Manager, Christopher Israel, for printing our special event flyers.

CART: Communication Access Realtime Translation

Thank you Susan Dezelan and to Caption First's Kathy Cortopassi, for being our Remote CART providers. We are most grateful for the donation of your time and skill.

Equipment Lending Library and Demonstrations LINK

HLAA membership is complimentary for Veterans

As we observe Veterans Day this year, we would like to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to all of the men an women who currently serve or have served our country.

Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter

HLAA has a virtual chapter, specifically for Veteran members (and caregivers)! Members of this online chapter can log-in remotely, collaborate with others on projects, join discussions, delegate tasks, and more. You can find out more about the new HLAA Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter on the Veteranspage. If you are interested in joining the virtual chapter, please email

Veterans Info Link